It seems we are constantly waiting in lines for government. Whether it’s renewing your license, or trying to get some benefit you’ve been paying into for 40 years, there will be lines.
Too bad it will never be worth it to pay somebody to wait in a government line. However, in the private sector, waiting can pay well.
According to Yahoo:
Line-ups can be hell. Robert Samuel of Same Ole Line Dudes knows this, and he’s made a business out of it. It’s true. He and his employees will personally wait in line for you if you’re looking to cop an upcoming release, but aren’t willing to stand in blistering cold or scorching heat. Same Ole Line Dudes is a full-service professional line waiting service, or “Uber for line waiting” as Samuel would describe it.
Samuel has personally lined up for Kanye West’s Yeezy releases, sample sales, iPhone launches, Broadway tickets and more, charging a rate of $25 an hour for the first hour, and an additional $10 for every subsequent half-hour. While it sounds like a heavy price, Samuel has had little trouble finding customers. He was recently hired to stand in line for 48 straight hours for the iPhone 6s, and earned $965.
It seems that in the Era of Obama, people are having to be much more creative. I have to tip my hat to these fellas, most of whom seem to be young black men. Their entrepreneurial spirit moves me. I doubt they are playing by the book, i.e. paying taxes, and so on. But if this keeps them off the streets, and hopefully taking care of their responsibilities and paying their bills, I’m all for it.
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